Canada benefits from liberal gaming policies, with each province able to decide their own rules around regulated casino gaming. So far, nine of the 13 provinces allow for licensed gaming, giving way to Canada having dozens of casinos, from large entertainment complexes designed to thrill tourists to smaller establishments aimed at pleasing locals.
Online casino games are also widely available on legitimate, regulated
sites, including games such as poker, blackjack and European roulette, which offers better odds than its American cousin.
Players can choose between the online environment and the live casinos around
the country. Live casinos do, of course, offer the bonus of having restaurants
for dining, which we will mention here.
Here are the biggest and best casinos in Canada.
Casino de Montréal, Québec
Situated on the Île Notre–Dame in the
French Pavilion building on its own road, the Casino de Montréal is quite
impressive. In fact, it is the biggest casino in Canada and one of the largest in the
Within its doors, you will find an incredible sea of 3,000 slot machines
and 100 gaming tables. If poker is your game of choice, then the Casino de Montréal
plenty of it, with 18 dedicated poker tables with regular poker tournaments and
bonuses for the best hand of the night. This place is the definition of grand
and an attractive destination for travelers to visit.
There are also four restaurants on-site, and this casino has a special
treat for food lovers. Famous chef Joel Robinson (now deceased) has a
restaurant here called L’Atelier, so prepare to have the real five-star
experience of sensual dining in his honor.
Other dining options include the Pavillon 67 gourmet buffet, Ajia Asian
eatery and Le
Not only is the Casino de Montréal the largest casino in Canada, but it is also number
one when it comes to food.
River Rock Casino Resort, British Columbia
Situated in Richmond, not too far from the Vancouver International Airport,
the River Rock Casino Resort is the largest casino in Western Canada. Visitors
enjoy splendid views over the Fraser River as well as 70,000 square feet of
gaming, entertainment and dining.
While visiting Richmond, you might also want to explore Vancouver. Travel Realizations has an interesting Vancouver itinerary.
The River Rock Casino Resort has 900 slot machines, a 14-table poker
room that’s open 24 hours a day and many other table games like roulette, craps
and baccarat. There’s also a sports betting room, 202-room hotel and spa as
well as four VIP clubs for any high rollers out there. No matter what your
stakes or game of choice, you will be well catered for at the River Rock Casino
When it comes to dining options, nothing can quite match the Casino de Montréal, but the
River Rock Casino Resort does bring plenty of West Coast flavors to the table,
with a particular emphasis on the seafood for which Richmond is famous. You can
dine at the Sea Harbour, the upmarket Tramonto restaurant, or take a more
casual approach at the Curve Lounge. There’s also the buffet, which serves
seafood, roasts, desserts and more all throughout the day, though the food has
a reputation for being hit and miss.
Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, Ontario
Caesars tends to offer a luxurious yet accessible experience, and the
Windsor in Ontario is no different. You can expect hundreds of slots, table
games and 14 poker tables within the casino. You can even order drinks right
from your machine!
The hotel offers 758 rooms, a spa and fitness center, the Colosseum
showroom and other entertainment options as well as six cafes and restaurants.
The location is ideal for U.S. travelers, as the Caesars Windsor Casino is right
across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, making for a great gaming vacation
Neros Steakhouse is the signature restaurant here, and as the name
suggests, it’s steak on the menu, along with other prime cuts and seafood
dishes. The restaurant has developed a nice reputation for itself, though it
remains casual when it comes to the dress code and vibe.
The Market Buffet offers fresh yet affordable all-you-can-eat options,
with more than 50 dishes on offer, from pizza to stir fry. You can also opt for
casual dining at places like the Pronto Café or Johnny
Rockets. We imagine it all depends on how the gaming tables treat you.
Fallsview Casino, Ontario
Another casino in Ontario makes the list, and this one, again, sits on
the border close to the U.S. Niagara Falls is a popular tourist attraction on
both sides of the water. Over on Canada’s side sits the appropriately named
Fallsview, sitting as it does in a beautiful location overlooking the natural
wonder, the Niagara Falls, which is even better if you can catch the Winter Festival of Lights.
Within the sizeable casino, you will find 1,500 slot games, 40 gaming
tables, and a 12-table poker room that is so popular it often requires
reservations to play. The hotel has bars, a sports section as well as live
music and comedy at the weekends.
The dining options are more casual here, with a sports bar, cafe and
market buffet seeming to be the best choice. A couple of upmarket restaurants
wouldn’t go amiss, though you will no doubt be able to find plenty of places to
sit down for a meal in the surrounding area.
Canada has some excellent options when it comes to casinos. Many of the
largest casinos also offer incredible dining options. The Casino de Montréal comes
highly recommended, especially if you plan to go to L’Atelier for the dining
experience of your life. It all depends on what you want. Casual gamers may
prefer to grab a quick snack and get back to the tables while others may want
something more atmospheric. In any case, food and gaming always go hand in hand.
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